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Chiara Center Events

Chiara Center sponsors opportunities for spiritual enrichment and faith development. Retreats, days of quiet, Food and Faith series, and collaborative programs uplift and enlighten hundreds of guests each year. We invite you to look at the listing to learn more about the possibilities that await your spirit. Please click here for our 2013-2014 brochure.

 

   
 
     
   

      
JANUARY

Ah Day of Quiet
January 12, 2015
A day for you to enjoy the Spirit's invitation to: walk...read...journal...appreciate...reflect...wonder...pray...listen...draw... Enjoy the spacious grounds, the beautiful St. Francis of Assisi Church, peaceful reflection areas as well as spiritual audio and printed resources. A home cooked meal at noon, an optional presentation at 1 PM by Sr. Renita, and the possibility of a massage make this a healing experience for you. Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

 

A New Spotlight on the Ordinary:

Finding Purpose, Passion and Meaning a Mile From Your House
Darkness and Many New Dawns in the First Half of Life
January 29, 2015

March 5, 2015 Really Big Choices in the Second Half of Life.
Ed Wojicki

The self-help industry has thousands of books to help you pursue your purpose. Many are helpful, but some cause you to chase a lie that makes you feel that you are not good enough, not successful enough, not smart enough, or not wealthy enough.  The truth is that many people privately wonder if they’re doing something wrong because they don’t have time or energy to search somewhere over the rainbow. They’re too busy taking care of kids and going to work and worrying about bills—meanwhile the dishes get dirty every day. Our culture praises achievements and fame and being busy all the time. By shedding a spotlight on the ordinary with the aid of his photography, Ed finds an abundance of opportunities a mile from his house—almost literally—to have a deeply meaningful and wonderful life. Through these two entertaining and countercultural presentations, he’ll explain that you can, too, These two session have similar themes, but each is independent of the other.
Attend one or both.
 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee.

Click here for a brochure.

     
FEBRUARY

11th Step Prayer Recovery Retreat

February 20-22, 2015  

What keeps you from being grateful for and enjoying the gift of recovery? Join others in celebrating what you already have and learn how to live in the fullness of life's gifts. The retreat is open to those involved in a recovery program or are a family member searing for guidance.

Weekend options include overnight stay ($185), commuter ($85) or Saturday only ($60)

Pre-registration and payment are required by February 1.

Check back soon for brochure and registration form.


MARCH

A New Spotlight on the Ordinary:
Finding Purpose, Passion and Meaning a Mile From Your House

Darkness and Many New Dawns in the First Half of Life
 
March 5, 2015 Really Big Choices in the Second Half of Life.
Ed Wojicki

The self-help industry has thousands of books to help you pursue your purpose. Many are helpful, but some cause you to chase a lie that makes you feel that you are not good enough, not successful enough, not smart enough, or not wealthy enough.  The truth is that many people privately wonder if they’re doing something wrong because they don’t have time or energy to search somewhere over the rainbow. They’re too busy taking care of kids and going to work and worrying about bills—meanwhile the dishes get dirty every day. Our culture praises achievements and fame and being busy all the time. By shedding a spotlight on the ordinary with the aid of his photography, Ed finds an abundance of opportunities a mile from his house—almost literally—to have a deeply meaningful and wonderful life. Through these two entertaining and countercultural presentations, he’ll explain that you can, too, These two session have similar themes, but each is independent of the other.
Attend one or both.
 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee.

Click here for a brochure.

 

Ah Day of Quiet
March 23, 2015

A day for you to enjoy the Spirit's invitation to: walk...read...journal...appreciate...reflect...wonder...pray...listen...draw... Enjoy the spacious grounds, the beautiful St. Francis of Assisi Church, peaceful reflection areas as well as spiritual audio and printed resources. A home cooked meal at noon, an optional presentation at 1 PM by Sr. Renita, and the possibility of a massage make this a healing experience for you. Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

APRIL

Spirituality in HealthCare Conference
April 2015

This annual conference co-sponsored by Chiara Center and Hospital Sisters Health System addresses where God may be found in healthcare, how to be faithful in the midsts of sufering and tremendous change, and how to find transcendent meaning in the healthcare profession.

Continuing nurse education contact hours are awarded.

Please check back for specific date and brochure and registration form.

May

JUNE

Directed Retreat
June 14, 2015 - June 19, 2015

This retreat is an invitation to prayer, silence, solitude and a daily opportunity to meet with a spiritual director one-one. Retreatants may choose three, four, or five days of retreat. The retreat fee is all inclusive of guest room, meals, spiritual direction and spiritual resources.

Pre-registration and payment are required two weeks prior to the retreat.

Click here for a brochure and registration form.


JULY

July 13-18, 2014
Everyday Epiphanies: Seeking the Holy in Every Nook and Cranny
Sr. Melannie Svoboda, SND

FULL. Registration for this retreat is now closed.

Based on her popular book, Everyday Epiphanies, this retreat will explore some of the places
God desires to surprise us in our everyday life: in relationships, nature, work, play, compassion,
joy, pain, and prayer. Using scripture, stories, poetry, music and humor, Sister Melannie
will lead prayerful reflections on some of the major epiphanies in the Bible as well as the epiphanies
in our ordinary life.

 

Ah Day of Quiet
July 28, 2014

A day for you to enjoy the Spirit's invitation to: walk...read...journal...appreciate...reflect...wonder...pray...listen...draw... Enjoy the spacious grounds, the beautiful St. Francis of Assisi Church, peaceful reflection areas as well as spiritual audio and printed resources. A home cooked meal at noon, an optional presentation at 1 PM by Sr. Renita, and the possibility of a massage make this a healing experience for you. Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

SEPTEMBER

Andiamo! Walk to Assisi
September 25, 2014
Cathy Roszhart, FSO

Benvenuto (welcome) to a Franciscan Wellness Challenge. Inspired by St. Francis’ “Canticle of the Creatures,” let’s set off on a personal journey to wellness. Let’s make it a fun journey by sharing the challenge with family, friends and co-workers. Let’s make it an inspiring journey as we discover St. Francis’ way to live in harmony with everything and everyone around him.  Let’s walk lightly and into the light. Andiamo (Let’s go!) on our walk to Assisi, Italy.
 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee.

Click here for a brochure.


OCTOBER

Ah Day of Quiet
October 6, 2014 

Come enjoy a day to contemplate God’s goodness in your life. Walk..read..reflect..journal..listen. enjoy the healing quiet of Chiara Center.  Arrive at 9 a.m. and leave by 3 p.m. refreshed and filled with peace. The day includes a wonderful lunch. Massages are available upon request and registration. $20 per person.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee.


 

Silent Directed Retreat
October 19, 2014 - October 23, 2014

This retreat is an invitation to prayer, silence, solitude and a daily opportunity to meet with a spiritual director one-one.  Retreatants may choose three, four, or five days of retreat. The retreat fee is all inclusive of guest room, meals, spiritual direction and spiritual resources.

Pre-registration and payment are required two weeks prior to the retreat.

Click here for a brochure and registration form.

 

     
NOVEMBER

The Light Isn't Just at the End of the Tunnel
November 6, 2014
Fr. Bob Jallas, St. Agnes Parish, Springfield, IL               
JK Jones, Eastview Church, Normal, IL                         
Bishop John Roth, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Central/Southern Illinois Synod

It is not an easy task to walk in the light. Much in life seems at odds. The very rhythm within us is often restless, fearful, aching, overcharged, overworked and filled with anxiety. How do we find the light switch when life feels dark in the tunnel?  Do we wait for the light, look for the light, share the light or just shine?
“Who teaches the soul, if not God?"  St. John of the Cross  Join a panel of three spiritual leaders as they explore how to live in the light while in the  tunnel.
 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

Click here for a brochure.  

Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee.

DECEMBER

Franciscan Nativity Festival
December 5   2 – 7 p.m.

December 6    noon – 4  p.m.
December 7    noon – 4 p.m.

Experience the deeper meaning of the Incarnation through a display of more than 100 Nativity sets from around the world.  Loaned to us by families, the sets tell the story of Jesus entering the lives of many people and cultures.

Free and open to the public, the Festival includes a tour of St. Francis of Assisi Church.

Call us at 217-523-0901 for more information


 

 2015 EVENTS

Ah Day of Quiet
January 12, 2015
A day for you to enjoy the Spirit's invitation to: walk...read...journal...appreciate...reflect...wonder...pray...listen...draw... Enjoy the spacious grounds, the beautiful St. Francis of Assisi Church, peaceful reflection areas as well as spiritual audio and printed resources. A home cooked meal at noon, an optional presentation at 1 PM by Sr. Renita, and the possibility of a massage make this a healing experience for you. Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

Ah Day of Quiet
March 23, 2015

A day for you to enjoy the Spirit's invitation to: walk...read...journal...appreciate...reflect...wonder...pray...listen...draw... Enjoy the spacious grounds, the beautiful St. Francis of Assisi Church, peaceful reflection areas as well as spiritual audio and printed resources. A home cooked meal at noon, an optional presentation at 1 PM by Sr. Renita, and the possibility of a massage make this a healing experience for you. Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

Silent Directed Retreat
June 14, 2015 - June 19, 2015

This retreat is an invitation to prayer, silence, solitude and a daily opportunity to meet with a spiritual director one-one. Retreatants may choose three, four, or five days of retreat. The retreat fee is all inclusive of guest room, meals, spiritual direction and spiritual resources.

Pre-registration and payment are required two weeks prior to the retreat.

Click here for a brochure and registration form.

Ah Day of Quiet
July 20, 2015

A day for you to enjoy the Spirit's invitation to: walk...read...journal...appreciate...reflect...wonder...pray...listen...draw... Enjoy the spacious grounds, the beautiful St. Francis of Assisi Church, peaceful reflection areas as well as spiritual audio and printed resources. A home cooked meal at noon, an optional presentation at 1 PM by Sr. Renita, and the possibility of a massage make this a healing experience for you. Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.


Ah Day of Quiet
October 19, 2015

A day for you to enjoy the Spirit's invitation to: walk...read...journal...appreciate...reflect...wonder...pray...listen...draw... Enjoy the spacious grounds, the beautiful St. Francis of Assisi Church, peaceful reflection areas as well as spiritual audio and printed resources. A home cooked meal at noon, an optional presentation at 1 PM by Sr. Renita, and the possibility of a massage make this a healing experience for you. Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.


Silent Directed Retreat
October 18, 2015 - October 23, 2015

This retreat is an invitation to prayer, silence, solitude and a daily opportunity to meet with a spiritual director one-one.  Retreatants may choose three, four, or five days of retreat. The retreat fee is all inclusive of guest room, meals, spiritual direction and spiritual resources.

Pre-registration and payment are required two weeks prior to the retreat.

Click here for a brochure and registration form.

Franciscan Nativity Festival
December 4,  2015 - December 6, 2015 


Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas through a display of over 100 nativity sets from around the world.  Loaned to us by friends and family members, the sets tell the story of Jesus entering the lives of people and cultures today.  The experience also includes a tour of history St. Francis of Assisi Church.

Free and open to the public, the Festival celebrates the influence and message of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi.


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